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(Hex #1-3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex - human mutants with supercomputer minds. They are young. They look like normal teens. They must never be allowed to grow up.

But the CPS hasn't discovered Raven. Soon they will feel her power and know her rage.

Raven and her brother, Wraith, must use Raven’s Hex powers and Wraith’s street ski
Paperback, 669 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing. Hands down.

This is story about a young teenage girl called Raven. She is hex. Which means she has mutant abilities to contact with computer terminals. Hex is hated by the governments, that is why Raven and Wraith, her brother, has been hiding constantly. They are on a mission to find their sister, Rachel, who was captured by the CPS. Soon, they discovered that Hexes are not only exterminated but also experimented! After rescuing Rachel, Raven and Wraith feels guilty for no
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for good world-building. In this genre, you need it. The world is so vividly described that it's the first book-world I've wanted to live in since Harry Potter. (I don't care how dangerous it is to be a technomancer. SO. MUCH. FUN.)

The book sucked me in. I loved it. With a passion.

Note the past tense.

Also note that once you figure out this next detail, the book becomes impossible to enjoy (at least, for me it did).

About halfway through the third book, I realized something: the main
Kristine Hansen
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I bought this I didn't realize it was three novels in one volume. That's a fact I became extremely happy about because I could not stop reading!

What fascinates me is that the first book is written in 1999 when the Internet was still a fairly new thing that was just becoming common use. And yet the entire premise has to do with being hardwired into the Internet. That's not so amazing as there was a lot of that kind of thinking back then (Serial Experiments LaIn comes to mind) but that the bo
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Void was a great book. You can invasion the detail made in every sentence and makes feel every emotion as you read through the book. Because Void is three books that were put together there is so much more going on that keeps your attention drawn to it where you don’t want to put it down. This book gives you an experience of the future that I could never have imagined without the detail it gives, but it doesn’t bore you with the detail either.
This story takes you on a journey with Wraith, Rave
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series is actually over 10 years old. I was surprised and intrigued by the blurb on the back and picked it up in a bookstore.

(A bookstore that is woefully underserving the teenagers of my area. I have been unable to locate Melina Marchetta books, other than Froi of the Exiles. None! What are teen sections coming to now?)

Anyway, Void is actually three novels in one book. The entire series follows Wraith, a poor ganger, and his sister Raven, a hex. Hexes have a mutation that allows them to mo
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourite series, has been for years, and for good reason. The world-building is stunning. Lassiter wallops you with fifty thousand new words in the first few paragraphs and expects you to follow without explanation, and sure enough, it's all laid out clearly enough that understanding what's happening is surprisingly easy - with plenty of technobable to make it sound futuristic, as you do. The plot is well-crafted and well-executed, with enough twists to be entertaining but no ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, ya
I am totally outside the demographic for this one. I am not a young adult. But I was intrigued by this one or in this case it is three of them. Haha. Two of my favorite series of all time were written for children. The first is the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander that I first read as a kid and reread every so often. And the second is the Philip Pullman series, His Dark Materials, that I should reread again. When I was a young adult there were never as many books as there are now. So now that I ...more
Tricia C
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, overall, this is probably one of the best books I have ever read. The writing style is superb, it is THE most well-written I have ever read. The plot it great, and the characters are extremely well developed and relatable. However, the ending is a bit of a disappointment, but that is ONLY because if personal biases, the ending was nothing BUT necessary. The book, actually, would not have made any sense whatsoever if it had ended a different way. My favorite characters in order: Av ...more
Leah G
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The futuristic elements are much more imaginative than more recently written books- ironic that an author in the 90s has a better imagination to move beyond current authors who can only imagine more-advanced ipods. Cities built straight up, new kind of government, it all worked for me much more. Plot was fast paced, Raven might be super powerful but her crazy mood swings and minimal interest in other people, sympathy or morals kept her interesting and stopped her from being a Mary Sue. Overall a ...more
Eden Grey
Very disappointed. This book sounded like everything I could want in a dystopian YA novel! Unfortunately it was redundant, had poor word choice, followed the "Tell not Show" model of writing (:C), had flat characters, switched around the point of view too frequently, and wasn't first person POV. So many disappointing things!
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I liked how Lassiter created a dystopian-like world, that was based off of our world as it is right now. The only thing I thought Lassiter could cut back on is the comments on Raven. It seemed like every other sentence said by one of the "rebellion" members is how Raven is such an amazing hex, and she can do everything and anything.
Kimberly Tate
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought this book on a whim, and definitely did not expect the absolute thrill it was to read. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, and I'm not sure if I would read it again. But it was certainly enjoyable, and worth much more than the five dollars I paid for it (I'm cheap like that.)
I'm kind of wondering now why I've never read a whole series in one book like this before. I mean, it made it look like I just took forever to read the same book, but in reality, Void contains all three books o
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are three separate novels within Void and each one builds upon the last with very minimal repeating of what took place previously, which is a major bonus when you read them back to back to back. The world Lassiter created doesn't feel outdated (they were written almost 20 years ago). The politics and dystopian themes held up well throughout. None of the characters annoyed me but none were particularly memorable which is about the only disappointing part of the book but this book was more a ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
all time favorite story so far. very well written. very action pact. characters well rounded in a way that gives more to the story doesn't take anything away. very emotional roller coaster ride in the best of ways. ending is very dramatic and in a way leaves enough for the imagination to expand upon.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favorite, series
Definitely liked the fact that this was a three book bind up as I was able to continue with the series immediately. The middle story brought my rating down to three but the final story took it back up to four stars. Would highly recommend this to anyone that likes dystopian/sci-fi novels. So good!
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked this up at a bookstore and read the description on the back. Sparse, but interesting. And also a hefty book, too. I wondered why I hadn't heard of it and discovered that this is one of those reprints from the 90s back when YA could barely be considered a separate genre and books were a lot shorter and simpler a la pre-Harry Potter. I find there's a trend to reprint omnibuses like Void because another book has been successful in that genre. I'm looking at the resurgence in oldies like th ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know what to say, but to start it off...


This futuristic world was actually well built. Describing enough so that our imagination can take place. Not so little that you don't know what the heck the cities and buildings look like, but not in super detail that it becomes overkill and picturing overload (maybe that's a good thing, but it can get distracting).


I actually the enjoyed the characters...a lot! Especially Raven, she is my favorite character by far. Do you k
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I read somewhere that this book (these books, I suppose) came out in the '90s, and let me say, it makes sense! Not that the story is bad or anything, it's just that.... there were so many things I expected to happen that didn't, and I think that's because I am so used to reading newer, more recent books. I actually liked the storyline. The whole setting, with the gigantic 'starscrapers' and everything... That was really cool! I'm not sure how well I'd do in it, though.... I'm moderately afraid o ...more
Ashley Bogner
Void is sort of like Divergent meets Maximum Ride meets...something with computer hackers. This book (actually a trilogy repackaged as one book) is a whopping 600-something pages. I thought it was interesting, but there were some things about it I didn't care for.

1) Premise. I thought Void had a cool and original plot-line. A lot of dystopian novels seem to follow a cookie-cutter type of story, but Void was a fresh take on the typical evil-government-controls-everything-in
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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I picked this book up on a whim, and while it wasn't the most amazing thing that I've ever read, it was still pretty good. (Note - I didn't realize until I made it home that this book is actually three individual novels spanning four years or so wrapped up in one cover. I actually like that they were together like this!)

Because I have been on a YA dystopian kick for a while now I think I was just expecting Void to just fall right in to that same arena. Thankfully, I was totally mistaken! While s
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Book 1 - Hex:
I thought that the first book was really good. There were exciting twists and turns, with almost constant actions and narrations from enough (but not too many) perspectives to make it interesting to read about different opinions. It's a pretty good young adult book, and I'd recommend it to many people.

Book 2 - Shadows:
This book wasn't as good as the first one, though I still liked it. The problem was, there were too many perspectives that it got kind of annoying to figure out who wa
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this was the best book I've ever read. The world building was beautiful, while the history that formed up throughout it made me grin with glee.

There were, however, two flaws that made me either cringe or wish for the information. When Raven first dove into the network, I imagined it much differently than what it apparently was supposed to be seen as. Or perhaps the near ending confused me... I saw her consciousness within the network as an energy, not as an actual body of a perso
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
1st Book Opinions: The beginning was a little slow and I hated Raven but then by the ending of the part, every character somewhat grew and there was a burning determination grown. Favorite character: Luciel.

My Rating: 3.5

2nd Book Opinions: Near the middle of this part, I was beginning to think that society will never fully embrace difference, because difference is scary. I am very sad Raven was MIA at least 3/4 of this part. But there's this growing group of "different" going against "p
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Void is an amazing book series because there is this world that is completely thought out. It starts out with a few characters and gradually starts adding more and more. I really liked Raven because of the fact that she knows everything and knows how to solve situations. She's the character that takes care of problems and in a way she is the main character since everyone relies on her, but the story wouldn't be very interesting without the others. There's humor in the story and except for one pa ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for Stephen King style 'gifted child is experimented on' plots, so this is a massive guilty pleasure. I'm aware it's not perfect, not by a long shot and if you can get over Raven's shortfalls as a character, there's a lot to enjoy here.

Some of the tech is incredibly outmoded but Lassiter crafts a dystopian tech society where the rich get richer and the poor stay poor, and those with technological gifts find themselves locked up for daring to exist. It's a richly constructed, well th
I'm not exaggerating when I say on the scale of 1 to 100 how good is this, it's 180

One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life hands down.

Raven is such a badass female protagonist. It's like I have been breathing pollution then when I read this it's a breathe of fresh air. There are so many female protagonist that almost always rely on guys to complete their goal or life and are shy, passive and whatnot.
Raven is cold, calculating and has no bullshit in he
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was amazing, and at some points incredibly complex. I loved it. SPOILER: Especially the ending, "As being the first of us to find her wings." This leads e to believe, she never died, she just became part of the net. Not only the internet, but she just became a mind without a body, some collected consciousness traveling the universe. I was really upset the first time I read it because I thought Raven had died, but when I read that last part again, and paid more attention, I don't think ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the book series that got me into cyberpunk about 15 years ago, back when cyberpunk was a genre and the internet was in its infancy.

I read the first two books when they came out, borrowed from my school library, which frustratingly didn't have the third - and then I found out that it was out of print. Gutted! I've been scouring the internet for reprints ever since and was so happy to have found a reprinted compilation of them that I immediately bought multiple copies (so if anyone wants
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Rhiannon Lassiter began writing when she was still at school. The first agent to see her work encouraged her to finish Hex, which was accepted when she was nineteen by the first publisher to read it (Macmillan).

Rhiannon graduated from Oxford University and has written eight best selling novels, several short stories and one non-fiction title for children and teenagers. She has edited an anthology

Other books in the series

Hex (3 books)
  • Hex (Hex, #1)
  • Shadows (Hex, #2)
  • Ghosts (Hex, #3)
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